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A Wise Life Coach can learn many valuable lessons from the methods of Motivational Interviewing (MI) because it provides a set of POWERFUL TOOLS and strategies necessary to help evoke change in your client. They can enhance your Life Coaching Skills.-Rich Dallas
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Motivational Interviewing (MI) is a way of talking with Life Coaching Clients to build their internal motivation for change. (MI) suggests ways to use questions and statements strategically to make it more likely offenders will talk in a positive direction. (We call this CHANGE TALK) This section covers the logic behind the MI approach, including its basic principles, assumptions, and thoughts about HOW this Life Coaching modality facilitates change.
Short Motivational Interviewing Audios:
You don’t have to be a Clinical Psychologist to study and practice these (MI) skills in your Life Coaching sessions, and you don’t have to be working with a client that has a substance abuse issue. These tools are readily available to any Life Coach who cares to study and practice them in a “spur-of-the-moment” Life Coaching situation or a formal session. –Rich Dallas- Achology Certified Life Coach/SageCraft Practitioner
Motivational Interviewing is a helping modality that can be readily adapted to the Life Coaching process. It is a directive, client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change. [I would add, that the direction of change needs to be in accord with God’s Word]
FROM A WIKIPEDIA ARTICLE:
“Motivational interviewing (MI) is a counseling approach developed in part by clinical psychologists William R. Miller and Stephen Rollnick. It is a directive, [and collaborative] client-centered counseling style for eliciting behavior change by helping clients to explore and resolve ambivalence. Compared with non-directive counseling, it is more focused and goal-directed.“…
So, What is the definition of “Motivational Interviewing” ? :
Miller and Rollnick’s Three Definitions of Motivational Interviewing (2013):
Layperson’s definition: Motivational interviewing is a collaborative conversation style for strengthening a person’s own motivation and commitment to change.
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Practitioner’s definition: Motivational interviewing is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change.
Technical definition: Motivational interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented style of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person’s own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion.
BRIEF INTRODUCTORY VIDEO EXPLAINING MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING
…”It (MI) departs from traditional Rogerian Client-Centered therapy through this use of direction, in which therapists attempt to influence clients to consider making changes, rather than engaging in non-directive therapeutic exploration. The examination and resolution of ambivalence is a central purpose, and the counselor [LIFE COACH] is intentionally directive in pursuing this goal. MI is most centrally defined not by technique but by its “SPIRIT” as a facilitative style for interpersonal relationships.
“There is merit in the strategy of asking appropriate questions and simply LISTENING. (Rogerian Counseling) Many Clients find comfort and encouragement by confidentially sharing their troubles with an understanding, fellow Christian. But at some point, YOU, as a SageCraft Christian Life Coach, need to exam God’s Word, discuss your Client’s behavior and decision–making process and take a look at whether their thinking and action lines up with God’s word.“ – Rich Dallas-Achology Certified LifeCoach/SageCraft Practitioner
This article will give you an overview:
Compare Motivational Interviewing Diagram (BELOW) with the SageCraft Christian Life Coaching Pyramid: >SAGECRAFT CHRISTIAN LIFE COACHING PYRAMID < BEHAVIOR, CHANGE AND GROWTH, ARE THE PINNACLE OF BOTH PROCESSES In fact, you could overlay the two processes and strengthen each.
The “D.A.R.N.C.A.T.” MODEL (from the above diagram) is the vital core skill for you to learn as a Life Coach.
CARL ROGERS WAS FAMOUS FOR HIS “NON-DIRECTIVE CLIENT CENTERED” APPROACH TO PSYCHOTHERAPY
If I can provide a certain type of relationship, the other person will discover within himself the capacity to use that relationship for growth and change, and personal development will occur. – Psychologist Carl Rogers (Originator of “Rogerian Counseling”)
A considerable amount of growth and change will occur for your client simply because they believe that they have been heard in a non-judgmental way. But this strategy does have limitations.
As a Christian Life Coach, the above quote from Rogers, is not always true. His approach is based on the Humanistic presupposition that man is basically good. But what does the Bible say?:
English Standard Version Jerimiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can understand it?
10“I the LORD search the heart and test the mind, to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his deeds.” 11 Like the partridge that gathers a brood that she did not hatch,
so is he who gets riches but not by justice; in the midst of his days they will leave him, and at his end he will be a fool.
“There is merit in the strategy of asking powerful, appropriate questions, and simply LISTENING. Many Clients find comfort and encouragement by confidentially sharing their troubles with an understanding fellow Christian. But at some point, YOU, as a SageCraft Christian Life Coach, need to examine God’s Word, discuss your Client’s behavior and decision–making process and take a look at whether their thinking and action lines up with God’s word.“ – Rich Dallas-Achology Certified Life Coach/SageCraft Practitioner
At the core of this idea is your character. Your Client will be influenced towards “Growth and Change”, based on the influence you have with them. You must be a reflection of the Risen Savior in your walk. You must “Walk Your Talk”. As James 1:22 says: “Be a DOER of the word and not just a hearer only; deceiving your own selves”
You must be sure that you are in the Word of God daily. You must also be sure that your prayer life is where it should be. If you saturate your Life Coaching sessions with Prayer, you invoke the Holy Spirit, and you invite the Lord’s intervention, then learning, positive change, growth, and achievement are assured.
Search >MINT TRAINING< for additional learning resources on Motivational Interviewing ALSO:
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MOTIVATIONAL INTERVIEWING (MI) BOOK FROM S.A.M.H.S.A.
These publications have to do with techniques for helping people change, who have substance abuse problems. The approaches and techniques are generic and can be readily adapted to the Life Coaching Process.